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Ideas for a Jimmy Buffett pinball


By pacmanretro

2 years ago



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    #108 2 years ago
    Quoted from JerryB:

    I doubt most people would be hard pressed to name more than 3 or 4 of his songs, let alone any of his less commercial efforts.

    Most music aficionados, if pressed, could come up with Cheeseburger in Paradise and Margaritaville. The average guy walking the street would either say "the singer" or "Who is Jimmy Buffet".

    He's got a large following of hardcore fans, but they operate in a echo chamber... the simply don't understand or accept that most people have no idea who he is. I'd bet that less than 1% of the under 40 crowd could identify a single song or see a photo and be able to identify him.

    #110 2 years ago
    Quoted from Psw757:

    I think it would be more than the 1% mainly due to the fact that every major resort area in the US or Caribbean have some piece of the margaritaville/landshark lager franchise. Whether it’s a hotel resort, restaurant,landshark bar and grill, casino etc.... it’s pretty widespread now and big Sirius/Xm radio exposure with his own channel for the last 20 years.

    I'll modify my earlier statement-- "the singer", "who is Jimmy Buffet" and "oh, the restaurant". Sirius? You can't be serious! The day Howard Stern retires is the beginning of the end for satellite radio.

    Quoted from Psw757:

    Consistently in the top 20 grossing tours every year as well.

    Oh, I don't doubt that. He's quite popular with his fanbase. My point being that his fans are BIG fans... and he's fairly obscure with the rest of the population.

    Quoted from Psw757:

    There is an interesting parallel here though. Pinball is another community with hardcore followers operating in an echo chamber, most under 35 years old have no idea what a pinball machine is.
    You need a license to chill!

    I deal with young people every day. They all, to a person, know what pinball is. Many have never played, and the majority don't understand the appeal of playing a huge machine when you can do the "same thing" on a tablet or phone.

    #114 2 years ago
    Quoted from JerryB:

    Jimmy Buffett still gets airplay on mainstream Pop Radio Stations, teens and 20somethings still sing along to his music.

    You can't possibly believe this. He's VERY RARELY played on commercial radio at all, and then relegated to the classic rock stations... and only the two songs that I mentioned before.

    He receives absolutely no airplay on pop stations. Hasn't since the 70s.

    #116 2 years ago

    Country and "classic" stations, are VERY different than pop radio. Jimmy Buffet hasn't had a hit since long before anyone playing on pop radio was even born.

    Ultimately, even talking about him is dredging up another 70s retread. I'd much rather see original themes in pinball anyway, but if we can't have that, there should at least be more contemporary themes.

    #124 2 years ago
    Quoted from pacmanretro:

    Just a tad off on that statement you think?

    Not at all. Pop stations play current tunes, and rarely venture out of the current top 100. This Just ne it will be 40 years since Jimmy Buffet made it to the billboard charts on his own (I’m not counting the country songs he was involved with- they weren’t played on pop radio).

    He’s got a big following, and he’s made a lot of money. Does that translate into likely pinball sales? I’m not confident of that... still, it may be a better idea than Iron Maiden or Rush, both of whom are decades past their expiration dates.

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    #129 2 years ago
    Quoted from pacmanretro:

    Him, on his own...not 200 chart but 100 chart, yes...it's been a long time for a single song of his own to make main stream pop top 100. Not 40 years...and not for an overall album, and yes with others it has been within last couple years...
    Your trying to make some trivial point to bring yourself up at the expense of other mellow people trying to enjoy their own thing. Your facts are exaggerated and pointless and I fail to see why you care.
    Feel free to drain this topic.

    I don't think it's a trivial point at all. 2 minutes use of the Billboard search engine gave me all the information that I needed.

    Let's remove the three songs that have charted in recent years with country artists:

    It's Five O'Clock Somewhere - Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett - Peaked at #17 on 9.6.2003

    Hey Good Lookin' - Jimmy Buffett With Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith & George Strait - Peaked at #63 on 7.3.2004

    Knee Deep- Zac Brown Band Featuring Jimmy Buffett - Peaked at #18 on 8.6.2011

    Of the remainder, I've reordered them chronologically.

    Come Monday- Peaked at #30 on 7.13.1974

    Margaritaville - Peaked at #8 on 7.23.1977

    Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes - Peaked at #37 on 11.5.1977

    Cheeseburger In Paradise - Peaked at #32 on 6.17.1978

    Livingston Saturday Night - Peaked at #52 on 9.9.1978

    Fins - Peaked at #35 on 11.3.1979

    Mañana - Peaked at #84 on 12.9.1978

    Volcano - Peaked at #66 on 1.19.1980

    Survive - Peaked at #77 on 3.29.1980

    It's My Job - Peaked at #57 on 3.28.1981

    Ok... so I owe you an apology. it's been 13,502 days since Jimmy Buffet last had a hit. That's not 40 years, it's only 36 years, 11 months and 16 days. Be "mellow" and "enjoy your thing", but also understand that as a pin theme, this will fall as flat as the PBR Can Crusher.

    #131 2 years ago
    Quoted from Psw757:

    Jimmy Buffett and the Margaritaville Brand are more relevant in 2018 than Iron Maiden,Black Sabbathand Alice Cooper ever were.

    I don't disagree on this point. Have to add Rush to that list as well. That, IMO would be the absolute worst of the themes we commonly see people kicking around.

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